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RESEARCH:

Is the Australian Swimming Benchmark useful for the prevention of drownings? Building an evidence base for conditions associated with fatal drownings

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: N/A

 

SUBJECT: Aquatic Education, Competence and Swimming
TYPE: Citation
DATE: 2015


Drowning fatalities are one of the 10 leading causes of death for people aged 1 to 24 years in every region of the world, according to the World Health Organisation’s inaugural World Drowning Report. While the amount of evidence-based research into the link between swimming and drowning prevention is growing, the picture is still unclear as to what aspects of swimming are associated with drowning prevention. Terms such as ‘basic swimming’, ‘survival swimming’, ‘water safety’ and ‘water competence’ are commonly used in regard to drowning prevention. The aim of this study is to examine whether the level of swimming and water safety identified in the Australian Water Safety Council’s Water Safety Strategy 2012-2015 is applicable to the aquatic conditions in which Australians are drowning (as reported in the Royal Lifesaving Society’s 2012-13 National Drowning Report).

 

COUNTRY

Australia

AUTHORS

Nyitrai

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

World Conference on Drowning Prevention

RESPONDENT

Australia

ACTIVITY

Swimming

ENVIRONMENT

Open water Inland water

AGE

18-34

GENDER

N/A

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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